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Fla. county chairwoman apologizes for use of ‘jewing’

(JTA) — The chairwoman of a board of commissioners in Franklin County, Fla., said she apologized to those who questioned her for using the word “jewing” to describe salary discussions at a public meeting.

Cheryl Sanders told Jim Romenesko, who runs an eponymous news business blog, that her use of the word at a July 2 meeting had “been blown out of proportion.”

She would not share with Romenesko the email she sent that included the apology, he reported Monday on his blog.

A July 10 account of the meeting published on ApalachicolaTimes.com reported that the board of commissioners in a 3-2 vote to name Howard Nabors to head the Florida Panhandle county’s roads department.

An argument ensued over whether Nabors deserved a $45,000 salary, which Sanders had proposed. He has 26 years experience with the county, but also lacks a high school graduation certificate.

Nabors currently earns $37,200 with the roads department, although the story did not make clear in what capacity.

Others present argued that there was a need to raise salaries across the board.

“Today’s not the day to do it,” the Times quoted Sanders as saying. “We’re here [for Nabors’ salary], not to be up here jewing over somebody’s pay. I can’t believe that you all would put a man down who has worked here for 26 years because he don’t have a high school education.”

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